Summer 2018 Dates are Announced!

June 25 - July 27, 2018!

Summer Spark is Northern Kentucky University’s five-week summer bridge program that provides incoming first-generation students with a high school GPA between a 2.5 – 3.5 the ability to acclimate to college while earning college credit, all before classes even start in the fall!


Group of Summer Spark students

Why Participate in Summer Spark?

By participating in Summer Spark before your first semester at NKU, you’ll have the unique opportunity to:

  • Complete your first college math or general education course required for graduation;
  • Receive up close and personal support by NKU faculty, staff, and your peers through small class sizes, tutoring sessions, and peer-led academic study sessions;
  • Learn to navigate the structure and rigor of college;
  • Engage in valuable out-of-the-classroom programming geared to your academic success and personal development at NKU;
  • Build lasting relationships with your peers through campus and social activities;
  • Access all campus resources and services to help you smoothly transition into your first year of college; and
  • Experience all of this and more at a significantly reduced rate.


Summer Spark Track and Cost

Completing this program will earn you 3 credit hours toward graduation, helping you save both time and money! The track within Summer Spark is designed to help cater to your success:

HALF-DAY TRACK (Monday through Friday): Earn three credit hours required for graduation through your first math course or a general education course; engage in campus activities; have full access to tutoring; and receive free parking and lunch each day. The cost for the half-day program is $575, a savings of over $775.

Please note: Financial assistance may be available to those who qualify, but assistance is limited. Inquiries about financial assistance should be sent to


Summer Spark Course and Schedule

Students will either complete their first math course or a general education course titled "LIN 175: Information Literacy," a course designed to introduce students to the cross-disciplinary skills needed to assess, access, and evaluate information sources (a foundational course to prepare you for your first English/writing course).

Summer Spark ends by 2:00 p.m. each day, providing time for students to work or participate in extracurriculars afterwards, if needed.

Below is a 2017 Summer Spark half-day schedule to give you an example of a weekly schedule.



Spots for Summer Spark are limited and reservations are first come, first served.

To reserve a spot in Summer Spark, click the REGISTER yellow box on the top right of this webpage or click here. Your reservation in Summer Spark will be official after you complete the form and submit your pre-payment.

A $25 pre-payment is required to reserve your enrollment in the Summer Spark (the $25 pre-payment is credited towards the cost of attending Summer Spark). 

Payment to attend Summer Spark can be made through your MyNKU account.



If you have any questions, please email us at or call 859-572-5220 or 1-800-637-9948.



Summer Spark Track and Cost